Monday, October 29, 2012

10% of consumers use mobile as their primary device for checking email

Almost 10% of consumers use a smartphone or tablet as the primary device for checking email, according to a new survey by the DMA.
This suggests that desktop clients should still be the most important focus for marketers, however it doesn’t take into account the number of people who check or prioritise their emails on mobile.

Stats published in May shows that more than a third of consumers (36%) read marketing emails on mobile, rising to 55% among 18-34 year olds. 

A separate study found that 33% of respondents said that they use their mobile to screen emails before reading them later on a desktop.

Data from the DMA’s survey also shows that 39% of respondents open emails from trusted brands using their mobile, while 36% would save it to read later on their desktop, so it’s important that brands are optimising email content and subject lines for mobile.

Almost half (48%) said they didn’t know what proportion of emails they send are read on mobile devices.

For tips on how to optimise your email campaigns, check out our blog posts on best practices for mobile email design and a few words of advice from dotMailer’s Tink Taylor.

Email signups

The DMA report shows that around half (49%) of respondents are signed up to receive emails form between one and 10 brands. 

Therefore the main challenge for email marketers isn’t trying to be heard among competing brands, but getting into the inbox in the first place.

There are several tactics that brands can use to encourage consumers to signup to email alerts, including explicitly highlighting the value of the emails through testimonials or a clear statement of subscription benefits, and using a clear signup process.

However there are also underlying factors that the signup process alone cannot overcome.
For example, although the main reasons consumers signup for emails are for offers/sales (61%) and discounts (59%), other important factors include being a regular customer (42%) and liking the brand (40%).

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